Diplodocus


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Diplodocus

(dĭplŏd`əkəs) [Gr., = double beam (or rafter)], immense quadruped herbivorous dinosaurdinosaur
[Gr., = terrible lizard], extinct land reptile of the Mesozoic era. The dinosaurs, which were egg-laying animals, ranged in length from 2 1-2 ft (91 cm) to about 127 ft (39 m).
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 found in the late Jurassic strata of the Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. It had a long whiplash tail and a small horselike head with nostrils placed high, just below and between the eyes. Highly placed nostrils are also found in such living animals as elephants and sperm whales, leading to theories that Diplodocus possessed an elephantlike trunk or that it was a water-dweller, able to both see and breathe by raising only the top of its head out of the water. Downward-pointing vertebral projections of the midsection of the tail spread into an inverted T, the double beam of its name, which may have acted to brace the tail when it was resting on the ground. It had front teeth for biting off vegetation and possessed a croplike digestive organ in which swallowed stones, called gastroliths, presumably churned and broke up food fibers and mixed in digestive fluids. A huge saurischian sauropod, Diplodocus could reach a length of nearly 90 ft (27 m) but was more slender and lighter in weight than the related ApatosaurusApatosaurus
, [Gr.,=deceptive lizard], quadruped saurischian dinosaur, estimated to be from 70 to 90 ft (21 to 27 m) in length and to weigh up to 30 tons (27 metric tons). The similar dinosaur formerly called Brontosaurus [Gr.
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Diplodocus

 

a genus of extinct saurischian reptiles of the suborder Sauropoda. They grew to a length of 25 m and had very long tails and necks and relatively small heads. There were several species, and they were herbivorous. Their remains have been found in the United States in deposits from the Jurassic period.

Diplodocus

[di′pläd·ə·kəs]
(paleontology)
Herbivorous sauropod dinosaur, approximately 100 feet (30 meters) long and weighing 12 tons, from the Late Jurassic Period that had a very long neck and tail and a very small body.
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Dippy is a plaster cast of the fossilised bones of a Diplodocus found by railroad workers in America in 1898.
Apatosaurus Another of the sauropods, the apatosaurus lived alongside the diplodocus and brachiosaurus.
Our chocolate creation will be on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from July 3 - we can't wait for everyone to see him!" Visitors can catch the Natural History Museum's popular Diplodocus at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery until September 9 where entry to the exhibition is free of charge.
The diplodocus -- a herbivorous giant measuring 12 meters long from nose to tail -- fetched 1.44 million euros, compared with 1.41 million for the carnivorous allosaurus, a minnow in dinosaur terms at just 3.8 meters (12.5 feet) long.
The famous 70ft long plastercast replica of a Diplodocus skeleton had been on display at the Natural History Museum in London for over 100 years.
Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure, Dorset County Museum, Dorchester (Feb 10-May 8, tours till 2020) For years he had pride of place in the grand foyer of London's Natural History Museum but now Dippy, the diplodocus skeleton cast, is heading off on his travels - and encouraging families to explore nature as he goes.
FOR years Dippy, the diplodocus skeleton cast, had pride of place in the grand foyer of London's Natural History Museum - now he's off on his travels.
The trip was an opportunity for them to see science in action and exhibits that they can't see in the College, my favourite being Dippy the Diplodocus at the Natural History Museum.
In it, Hirt stated his fear to Himmler that soon "Jewish skeletons would be as rare and precious as a diplodocus [dinosaur]," which would put into jeopardy his desire to experiment on the "sub-human bodies," since they were being murdered at such a rapid rate.
David Button of England's University of Bristol and colleagues took CT scans of the skulls of two sauropods: Camarasaurus (left) and Diplodocus. By looking at marks on the bones where muscles attached, the team reconstructed musculature (shown in color).